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Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lichfield National Park is a smaller Kakadu without the crocodiles and less visible aboriginal influence. We drove to the caravan park at the end of the pavement. Turns out that the advertised swimming pool is actually a rather small, rusty, corrugated tank. Lisa was not impressed. We waived our money to the grumpy custodian and returned towards Batchelor. We both regret not getting a picture of the "pool".

Wangi Wangi Falls was very impressive, but we were unable to swim due to strong currents and cold water. No such impediments existed at Buley Waterhole. None of us had swimming gear, so Lisa had to watch enviously from the shore as I stripped down to my briefs and took the naked master Lachlan into one of the little swimming holes formed by the myriad of small waterfalls. The water was from a warm, natural spring. It was great. There were lots of tour groups making a day of it. We stayed for maybe an hour.

Leaving Lichfield, we were faced with a decision. It was actually a topic that we came to grips with a few weeks back, but have deferred in revealing till now. It seems that I greatly overestimated the distance that one can drive in a day with an infant. Long gone are the days of covering up to 1000km. As mentioned previously, we aim for around 250km. This, coupled with the distances that need to be covered, have resulted in us coming to the reluctant conclusion that we will not be able to circumnavigate the continent. Western Australia, the state and region, will have to wait. No Cape Leveque, no Broome, no Monkey Mia, no Margaret River. Maybe when Lachlan is older and able to drive we can come back and address the unfinished business (I joke that I will make him pull over every hour to let me pee).

This means that we are now headed south through the “red center”. It also means we have about 800km to double-back on, from Pine Creek to Tennant Creek, on our way towards Alice Springs.
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